Conjugated organic molecules on metal versus polymer electrodes: Demonstration of a key energy level alignment mechanism

Koch, N.; Kahn, A.; Ghijsen, J.; Pireaux, J.-J.; Schwartz, J.; Johnson, R. L.; Elschner, A.
January 2003
Applied Physics Letters;1/6/2003, Vol. 82 Issue 1, p70
Academic Journal
Ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy is used to determine the energy level alignment at interfaces between three electroactive conjugated organic molecular materials, i.e., N,N'-bis-(1-naphthyl)-N,N'-diphenyll-1,1-biphenyll-4,4' -diamine; para-sexiphenyl; pentacene, and two high work function electrode materials, i.e., gold and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/ poly(styrenesulfonate). Although both electrode surfaces have a similar work function (∼ 5 eV), the hole injection barrier and the interfacial dipole barrier are found to be significantly smaller for all the interfaces formed on the polymer as compared to the metal. This important and very general result is linked to one of the basic mechanisms that control molecular level alignment at interfaces with metals, i.e., the reduction of the electronic surface dipole contribution to the metal work function by adsorbed molecules.


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